A lot has been going on across the country when the news of what happened to George Floyd broke out across the country. That incident sparked many protests across the world. Some athletes decided to answer the call and partake in protests.
NBA star Trae Young decided to join a protest back in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. Young is very involved in his community and wanted to show his support.
Trae Young quickly becoming a star in the NBA
It didn’t take Young long to establish himself as a top player in the league. He had a breakout rookie season during the 2018-19 year. Young averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team and just missed winning Rookie of the Year. There were man reports from different NBA scouts who believed that Young would not be ready for the league.
He proved everyone wrong and adjusted well to the NBA. Young proved that he could handle the point guard position well. The Atlanta Hawks point guard showed his shooting, dribbling, and passing abilities in his first year. He scored a career-high 50 points against the Miami Heat shooting 8-for-15 from behind the arc. The NBA was well aware of Young’s ability and knew that he can have a long and successful career.
As a rookie, Young played without any fear. He would pull up from anywhere on the court for a shot, and if he wasn’t doing that, he was blowing past defenders using his quickness. Young also displayed good court vision as a rookie finding his teammates on offense. Going into his second season, Young planned only to get better.
Trae Young was on a mission in year two
The 2019-20 season was a big season for Young before it was halted due to the global pandemic. Young made the all-star team for the first time in his career in just his second season. In 60 games, Young averaged 29.6 points, 9.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds. He elevated his game in his second year and showed a lot of maturity.
Young was fourth in the league in scoring and second in the league in assists. He was on a tear in his second season. Young quickly became the Hawks organization’s face, and the team made the right move when they traded for him on draft night. The transformation from year one to year two was something special to watch.
Trae Young is a voice in his community
Young decided to be a part of a protest back home in Norman, Oklahoma. At the protest, Young briefly spoke on how he felt about everything that was going on. “I know this country’s in a messed up place right now,” he said in an article from the New Haven Register. “And for me, I just think it’s important that we all stick together, and we stand up for what’s right.
Young is not used to speaking out on social issues, and he gave a big thanks to his sister for helping him get out of his comfort zone. Athletes have a voice too, not only can they go out on the court and perform at a high level, but that can stand up for something they believe in and voice their opinions and concerns.